Wednesday, April 22, 2009

OU Watching Student-Athletes on Social Networks

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

University of Oklahoma warns athletes 'drinking,' 'getting wasted' are not hobbies: In a report obtained by the Associated Press, the University's compliance policy outlined student-athlete's personal conduct and social network use.

From Fort Worth Star-Telegram

The policy was among documents sent to the NCAA as part of the university's annual compliance report and released Monday to The Associated Press after an open records request.

Oklahoma also reported that it continues to add rules education programs and software designed to monitor compliance with NCAA rules following major violations by the men's basketball and football programs.

The school is on probation until May 2010.

In the social networking policy, athletes are warned that their postings must comply with a code of conduct and can be punishable with education, counseling, suspension or expulsion and with the reduction or cancellation of financial aid. It warns athletes not to post pictures that would portray them negatively nor post contact information that agents or their runners could use to put the athletes' eligibility in jeopardy.

"'Partying,' 'drinking,' and 'getting wasted' do not qualify as real hobbies or interests," the policy warns.

Share this PostTwitter sharePin ThisShare on TumblrShare on Google PlusEmail This